Saturday, April 18, 2015
"With the announcement that Microsoft would partner with the truly open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS to provide a bundled suite of apps, both companies made one thing very clear: Android’s not just for Google anymore.
The partnership, as detailed by Cyanogen yesterday, will allow the budding mobile OS to integrate Microsoft apps like Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, OneDrive, and OneNote. The subtext here is that these apps can act as a replacement for the ones that Google appends to its Android releases, such as Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, and more."
"Long time Apple watcher Gruber thinks the Apple Watch is very much a watch — if by a watch you mean “a wrist worn glance-able display of status information”, plus to a lesser degree a “signifier” of personal taste and style. Analyst Horace Dediu thinks it’s so much more than a watch — closer to a productivity machine, thanks to its omnipresent, on-body proximity.
“The product has a completely different character. It tries not to do more but to do less. But that which it does is more meaningful, more thoughtful,” Dediu writes in a philosophical dissection of his early experience with the Apple Watch (which even invokes the ‘b’ word: beauty).
“We talk of computing speeds and network feeds but we spend much more time and money to visit people who have little to say and say it slowly. We value charm and wit more than bandwidth and throughput. We are drawn to beauty more than to speed. This is what this computer captures.”
Friday, April 17, 2015
Surface 3 review: Smaller, slower, cheaper… better? | Ars Technica
Thursday, April 16, 2015
"Moore's Law, which was conceived by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965 and turns 50 on Sunday, remains one of the most accurate predictors of future technology. It's set the breakneck pace that all electronics moves along today, goading chip companies to make sure they can keep up. Semiconductor makers are sinking billions of dollars into research and manufacturing each year just to stay in the race. In 1966, a new chip plant cost $14 million. In 1995, the price tag was $1.5 billion. Today, it can cost as much as $10 billion -- roughly the annual gross domestic product of Mongolia."
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
"Scientists have modeled the stunning structure of the receptor in our bodies that jolts our senses when we eat sushi garnished with spicy wasabi -- and it turns out that this so-called 'wasabi receptor' may hold clues for developing new pain treatments.
The receptor, a protein called TRPA1, resides in the cellular membrane of our sensory nerve cells. Not only does it detect certain chemical agents outside of our bodies -- from wasabi to tear gas -- but it also gets triggered by pain-inducing signals within our bodies from itches and inflammation."
"Summary:Out of the box, Google's new Chromebook Pixel impressed. After 30 days of nearly full-time use, it gets even better if Chrome OS and a few tweaks can work for you."